Playwriting Competition 2017 Judges Profiles

TONY JASPER Administrator & Judge

Tony Jasper has extensive credits at academic and practical levels; in radio, television, journalism, playwriting and authorship of some 80 books, one of which is Jesus Centre Stage, a study of Jesus in theatre, and written with Kenneth Pickering (Highland Books). He runs the Jasperian Theatre Company. He has also, as an actor, appeared in numerous plays. Full details can be found on googling ’Jasperian Theatre’ / ’Tony Jasper’ and following the given directions for his personal profile.

Judges in previous years have been:


Cathy Sara won the Carleton Hobbs BBC Radio Award in 1993 upon leaving drama school and has enjoyed leading roles such as Lucy Honeychurch in Room With A View, She Who Must Be Obeyed in Rumpole of the Bailey, and Lauren in The Archers. Theatre work includes Juliet at Ayckbourn’s Theatre in the Round in Scarborough, Stiffy Byng in By Jeeves in the West End and Cordelia to Warren Mitchell’s King Lear at the Hackney Empire. On television her roles contrast from Queen Victoria for Channel 4 to a murdering drug addict, Debbie Sattethwaite in Kavanagh QC, with recent guest appearances in both series of Downton Abbey as Mrs Drake (the tenant farmer’s wife). She played Sybil Grey/Peep-Bo in Mike Leigh’s film Topsy-Turvy and plays Mrs Jerome in The Woman in Black starring Daniel Radcliffe.


Clare Davidson MFA, is a coach and theatre director with a worldwide reputation. She has trained many stars and students across the globe, directed Off-Broadway as well as in London’s West End, and held academic positions in colleges and universities in America and the United Kingdom.

Head of Voice and Directing plays, The Poor School and The Workhouse Theatre, London, 2009-Present Day.
Professor, Head of Acting and Directing, Performing Arts Department, The College Of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, 1999-2008.
Awarded MFA, College Of Santa FE, 1999.
Lecturer at The Marjorie Ballantine Studio, New York, 1996-1999.
Lecturer at The Atlantic Theatre Company’s Acting School (NYU), New York, 1996-1998.
Director of The Clare Davidson Acting Program, London and Los Angeles, 1992-1996.
Director of BADA’s "Early Stages" Acting Program, London, 1989-1992.
Dean of the British American Drama Academy (BADA), London, 1988-1989.


Voice Coach, director, actor.
Linda Slade worked at Central School of Speech & Drama, London and was involved as an actor in theatre and TV roles. She was for 8 years a full-time voice coach in the film industry in Los Angeles. She has also written a number of drama books on technique. She lives in Los Angeles, USA.


Amie Buhari is a trained actress and singer. She studied Acting for Film & Television at Mountview Academy of Arts. She also has a BA Hons in Communication Studies and studied at the renowned Playhouse Theatre West in Los Angeles in 2008. Amie is a writer and regular contributor to Keep the Faith magazine and Baptist Times. She has completed her first screenplay and is the author of many short stories.


Alfred gained a Law degree at Witz University, S Africa alongside Nelson Mandela (a mature student). After practising as a barrister for 3 years, he came to England to fulfil his childhood dream of becoming an actor.

He has played a wide range of characters in film, TV & theatre, including a castrated blind man in ’The Visit’ with Alfred Lunt and Lynne Fontanne for Peter Brook on Broadway and London. Alfred is particularly interested in new writing having taken part in many play readings over the years and productions at the Gate Theatre last time.

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